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06-07-2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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I am going to travel to U.S.A (to work) in winter and i would like your advice

Hi, first let me explain, i live in Perú, and here there are programs where you can travel in summer to united states (summer in the south hemisphere, so winter in the north hemisphere) to work in resorts in things like housekeeping, waiter, and that kind of things (i am 21 by the way), so people can win some cash, practice english, get to know united states and that kind of things, i decided to go because i want a different summer and i want to buy some gear. (it will be a 3 month trip)

I have to decide where to go! and i need your help, i want to be in nature and i want to choose a place were i can find wildlife , ( i will take my camera with me).

Between my options there are so far:

Keystone resort in colorado.
Montage Deer Valley, Utah
aspen skii company, colorado.
heavenly skii resort, california
vail resort, colorado
wilderness waterpark, winsconsin

among others

What do you recommed me?

AS i already mentioned, my priority is being in nature (a wild place, better if it is far from big cities, and finding wildlife to photograph.)

Thanks a lot.

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I know that the Grand Canyon offers programs like this through Xanterra. My wife did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.
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Just a guess.....I'd pick the California site because it would offer you a chance to get away to some nice warm sunny beaches quickly in what might (or might not) be a very harsh and bitter winter next year. You could escape for a few of your days off and enjoy the warmth of southern Calif.....and the lovely scenery!


You won't find California Girls in Colorado or Wisconsin!

If all else fails, you are most welcome to intern here in the wonderful "Woods of Otis". There is plenty of wildlife here and at times plenty of just "wild" life! Being new here, you will have to do a little research on the "Woods of Otis"...you won't find it on Kayak.com but it is worth investigating......Snow? Hopefully none in the Woods of Otis, but when it gets really cold, anything below 60F........the burning tires make for some nice black smoke if you forgot your ND filter!

Best Regards .....and whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy your visit and have tons of fun too!
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You did mention a Water park in Wisconsin. We have several year round water parks here in the Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells area which employ thousands of young people. I could almost guarantee you would find a job. some of these parks provide lodging as well, for a small fee but it is available. Do a search for Indoor water parks, in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Baraboo area.
Good Luck.
Oh! we have plenty of wildlife, Deer, Bears now and then and even the occasional Cougar! Lots of Eagles and assorted critters.


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Not going to argue that Wisconsin is nice, and with winter blizzard winds and 10 feet of snow, at least you can spend your days off eating some of the finest cheese in the world......but I'm still picking California! Maybe you should take a second look at the scenery? Winters are long and cold in Wisconsin......hardly noticeable in California!


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QuoteOriginally posted by OregonJim Quote
I know that the Grand Canyon offers programs like this through Xanterra. My wife did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.
thanks for the info, i didnt know about xanterra, i will dig into it as it sounds really interesting.


Thanks to all for your recommendations, i had always heard good things about california.
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The Heavenly Ski Resort sits on the California/Nevada boarder and it is directly across from Lake Tahoe. It's a beautiful area with a lot of outdoor activities during all seasons: rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, boating, kayaking, etc. If you are into outdoors activities then you will really enjoy the area. Being at altitude will keep temperatures down in the summer while still getting decent snow in the winter. There is not much in the way of a big city life or night life in the area compared to elsewhere. At the end of the day people just want to go home and relax after a hard day's worth of work. They need the energy for the weekend when they go out on adventures!

Since you would be on the boarder with Nevada you can check out some of the casinos for the price of a short walk. Forget the gambling unless you like it but go for the nice restaurants and some live shows. If you live in Nevada then you will not have to pay state income tax on your earnings.

There are plenty of areas to explore around South Lake Tahoe, both in Nevada if you descend into the Carson Valley or if you head east and go deeper into the national forests. Since you are at altitude do not expect thick rich amazon rain forests. The forests are drier but still carry their own natural beauty.

You listed several other places and I think you almost can't make a bad choice!
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Wisconsin can be brutally cold. It would not be my choice. One of my daughters is a skier and she moved out to Colorado several years ago and loves it there. She has lived in all the places you list except Wisconsin. The biggest drawback is the high living expenses. She was in the Tahoe area for a few years but moved back to Colorado. Beautiful country but be prepared for working long hours at multiple jobs and and spending most of what you make for a roof over your head. She currently lives in Summit County, near Breckenridge. Even after many years, I still have to help her out from time to time. I'm not trying to discourage you, just showing you the other side of the coin. I live close to the New England ski resorts and see many kids who come every year to work. Ski resorts rely on the weather and a bad season can be a disaster for those who go there to ski and work. A good year can be awesome. Just be prepared for either.

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Not Wisconsin. If you will have time off enough to do some traveling here and there, go to California. Otherwise, Colorado. Aspen & Vail will have more rich people than Keystone. (Bigger jerks but possibly bigger tippers if you are in a position to get tips.) Any of those places should be fun. If you are skier or snowboarder yourself, Colorado all the way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
I'd pick the California site because it would offer you a chance to get away to some nice warm sunny beaches quickly in what might (or might not) be a very harsh and bitter winter next year. You could escape for a few of your days off and enjoy the warmth of southern Calif.....and the lovely scenery!
Lake Tahoe is pretty far from the ocean, and since the closest would be in San Francisco probably not that warm.
Still would make a good starting point for Yosemite, San Francisco, and on a long weekend off even Las Vegas, Disneyland, Hollywood and the Los Angeles beaches.
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Lake Tahoe is pretty far from the ocean, and since the closest would be in San Francisco probably not that warm.
Still would make a good starting point for Yosemite, San Francisco, and on a long weekend off even Las Vegas, Disneyland, Hollywood and the Los Angeles beaches.

SF and Lake Tahoe are about 4 to 4.5 hours apart from each other. It's a very pretty drive until you get to Sacramento (or Stockton depending on your route). Then it becomes driving through big city freeways.
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if you were coming over here during our summer, you could see about a job working in yosemite valley... Hospitality Careers | Food Service Hospitality Jobs | Delaware North Companies

lots of kids working there, visitors from all over the world, it's spectacular.

no to wisconsin in the winter!

california is in a bad drought pattern right now, so getting employment at any california ski resort in the winter could be dicey, because of the lack of snow.
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The Colorado ski resorts have programs designed for this, with visas and lodging and jobs. I'd look for blogs and posts from people who have done it in previous years. I'm not sure how easy it is to escape the resort areas for real wildlife, or how much wildlife is visible in winter. I was just driving through the mountains at 70mph a couple of weeks ago and saw bighorn sheep standing by the highway, so there obviously is wildlife. It's high altitude, but youth and being from Peru probably help there. Colorado has recreational marijuana now, but the law isn't completely settled yet. So if your job requires drug testing, you could still get fired for using it. The beer is excellent. The state income tax is 4.63%, probably higher than California at the income level you're talking about, because it's not progressive.
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Or, East coast resort towns in summer. Lots of state and federal forests nearby. Living costs are much more reasonable than West coast or Colorado and lots of water.
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